Kingston Chamber Orchestra

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  • Unfortunately Daniel Defry will not be able to perform Rodrigo's Concerto Serenata for Harp and Orchestra at our June concert. We are delighted to welcome Mary Reid in his place. Mary has performed at Londonís Wigmore Hall, the 11th Russian Harp Festival in Moscow, the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, the 9th International USA Competition in Indiana, Ripon Cathedral, the Bowes Museum, Hove Music Society, Deptford Town Hall, and the Brantwood Young Artist Series.
  • Unfortunately Andrew Zolinsky will not be able to perform the Shostakovich Piano concerto at our March concert due to injury. We wish Andrew a speedy recovery! However we are delighted that Alasdair Macaskill, a London-based pianist currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, will be taking his place.
  • Mike Bridge is a composer, songwriter and producer of TV and computer game music based in Guildford, UK. We were delighted record Mike's new work, the score for a film called "Red Mars", at a special rehearsal on 6 July 2016. You can find some photos from the recording here.
  • Clive Jenkins (whose clarinet concerto we performed back in 1999) is having one of his works performed at St James Piccadilly on December 4th 2015 at 7.30pm. Details here.
KCO at Lille
KCO at Lille
  • Prize-winning classical guitarist Tom McLauchlan performed Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez in our June 2015 concert. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Tom is fast establishing himself as one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists of the new generation.
  • The KCO travelled to Ghent, Belgium to perform in St Bavo's Cathedral in October 2015.
  • Our charity concert in November 2014 raised over £500 for St. Mary's Church, Chalgrove.
  • You can purchase tickets for our concerts online here. Tickets become available shortly before the concert date.
  • You can now follow the KCO on Facebook!
Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille
Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille
  • Fenella Humphries has performed violin concertos by Britten and Prokofiev with the KCO. She is commissioning three new pieces for solo violin by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Piers Hellawell & Gordon Crosse, which she will perform and record. You can find all about her "Bach to the Future Project" here.
  • Our March 2014 concert was at St Luke's Church, Gibbon Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 6AB.
  • Our November 2013 concert was at Kingston Parish Church, not Tiffin Girls School as previously advised.
  • Our June 2013 concert premiered a short new work, Gyre by up-and-coming composer Freddie Meyers.
  • Our concert tour to Antwerp in November 2012 was a great success.
  • We performed a charity concert on December 3rd 2012 in aid of the Down's Syndrome Association. It included Schubert's Rondo for Violin and Strings performed by our leader, Helena Ruinard. It was at the Langdon Down Centre in Teddington.
  • You can now sign up as a Friend of the KCO through Kingston Council's online booking system. Please see the concerts page for more details.
  • Why not show your support for the KCO by becoming a Friend of the Orchestra? Friends receive two free tickets to each concert, their name in the programme, and receive a press release before each concert.
  • We are delighted to welcome Sir Francis Jacobs as our patron and thank him for his generous support.
  • Our conductor Andy Meyers is taking part in Movember in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity. The money raised as a result of Movember is channelled by their men's health partner into a number of world class and innovative education, support, research and awareness initiatives. Please sponsor Andy for this worthwhile cause, if for nothing else tan to see how his facial hair could look any more ridiculous than it does currently...
  • We had another very successful music tour to Paris. We performed works by Haydn, Danzi and CPE Bach at the Basilique Sainte Clotilde.
  • The KCO celebrated its 25th birthday in 2099 with a Thames River Cruise.
  • Our charity concert on Sunday 6 December 2009 sold out. We raised over £2000 for The Friends of Thomas Coram. The concert included works by Purcell, Handel, Britten and Bach.
  • Our next orchestra tour is provisionally scheduled for 22-25 October 2010 in Paris. More details soon!
  • You can now share any KCO web page with social networking sites such as Digg or Facebook. Click the share this page link which you can find at the top right of every page. Please contact the KCO webmaster for more information.
  • We had another fantastic trip to Lille where we performed works by Roman, Crusell and Grieg.
  • Nick Rozanski swam 2.5km for Swimathon 2008, raising nearly £900 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sponsorship is now closed - until next year!
  • We are delighted to welcome Helena Ruinard as our new leader. You can find out more about Helena on our People page.
  • Simon Callaghan, who has performed with the orchestra on several occasions, has brought out a CD of Victorian English piano music, including two world premieres, and is performing in St John's Smith Square on 21 February 2008. You can find out more here.
  • We were sorry to learn of the sad death of Jim Addington on 21st June 2007. Jim was a loyal supporter of the orchestra for many years, and we particularly appreciated the regular reviews of performances that he wrote for the local press. You can find out more on our People page.
  • Our Charity Concert at St Andrew Church Holborn raised over £1,000 in aid of The Friends of Thomas Coram.
  • We were delighted that Sui-Leung Chai returned to the orchestra to lead our November concert. Sui-Leung came to Lille with us last year and he was leader of the orchestra before Charles.
  • Charles Knights has moved on to take on some new musical challenges at the Menuhin Foundation in Bermuda. We are very sorry to see him go, and wish him all the best in the future.
  • We've gathered all our recent reviews onto one page. Click on the new Reviews button on the left to find out what others think of our performances.
  • Lille 2007 photos are available for viewing (orchestra members only). Click on the Gallery button and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.
  • We travelled to France to perform at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille in October. The concert was a great success and we took four curtain calls - a KCO record! Click on the Repertoire button for details.
  • The Kingston Music Collective brought together a host of local talent (including some KCO members) in a large-scale collaborative event as part of the Amnesty Freedom Festival. The Wupadupa String Thing took place on Saturday 7th October at All Saints Church, Kingston Market Place. Profits went to Amnesty International.
  • Congratulations to friend of the orchestra Rachel Gadsden who has won the Visual Artist Award at the Dada Awards 2005.
  • The KCO is twenty years old! We celebrated our birthday at the Dysart Pub in Petersham in June 2006. (If anyone has any old KCO programmes from before 1988 please contact the webmaster.)
  • Congratulations to our conductor Andy Meyers, who has taken a runner-up prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields / BBC Radio 4 Christmas Carol Competition. According to the judges, "the entries encompassed a hugely varied range of styles which made the judging all the more enjoyable ... although there was only one prize, mention should be made of three other entries which were close runners up." You can find more information here.
  • A review of our concert on 18 June 2005 with Samantha Ward said, "... the orchestra produced a full and satisfying sound ... this was a performance worthy of many professional orchestras." Click on the Repertoire button for details.
  • You can now book tickets for our concerts online! Click on the Concerts button for details.
  • We premiered a new work by David Lewiston Sharpe, Stone of the Seven Kings. Click on the Repertoire button for details.
  • We went on a concert tour to Kortrijk, Belgium, on 8-10 October 2004. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Damier and performed in the beautiful Sint Maartenskerk (Saint Martin's Church).
  • We performed a concert at the Royal Star and Garter, Richmond, on 3 April 2004 (click on the Repertoire button for details). This concert was well-received and we hope to do more with this charity.
  • You can now buy a CD of music from some of our recent performances. Click on the Sounds button for details.
  • We performed another benefit concert with Opera d'Amici on Saturday 19th July 2003 in aid of the Kingston All Saint's Church Parish Appeal. The programme included a complete performance of The Impresario and excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro. Click on the Repertoire button for details.
  • We performed in a Charity Concert for Children of the Andes on 5 April 2003 in St James Piccadilly. Click on the Repertoire button for details.
  • Our trip to Delft (Amsterdam) took place on 25-27 October 2002. We performed a very successful concert including works by Haydn, Mozart and Meyers.
  • We have added links to a number of reviews of our recent performances. Click on the Repertoire button for details.
  • We performed a benefit concert with Opera d'Amici in December 2001. We raised three thousand pounds in support of Kingston All Saint's Church Parish Appeal. Click on the Repertoire button for details.